Webcomic Workshop Podcast 71

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face.

This podcast we discuss:

Dawn: What to include in a submission to publishers. Cover letter content, types of strips to include, etc. also: do I push the all ages spect or just say it’s for 1 specific demographic ( I guess kids 8-12?)

Drezz: Patreon – should I bother jumping on the bandwagon or letting it roll on past until the wheels fall off?

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  1. Another great, fun show folks! Thanks!

    Dawn – you raise lots of good points/questions about moving your comic to other platforms. It’s something many of us wonder about, especially ‘all-ages’ comics. I’m putting my all-ages comic onto some online comic sites, ComiXology and DriveThru Comics to see how that will go. I’ve also wondered about making a free app for tablets that would appeal to the yung’uns but what would that entail *L*!
    I wish you all the best and keep us updated!
    Also on this topic, Mike Maihack, whose webcomic “Cleopatra in Space’ is now coming out as a Scholastic series of books this month. It would be great if you could get him to appear on your show and explain how all that happened. I know he had to change things (like Cleo’s age for instance) and created a completely new story for the series.

    Drezz – yeah this PATREON thing is a tough one to wrap my head around too. Creators are committing themselves to more regular work for the long haul, which sounds real tough to me considering I’m still doing my comic part-time with a full-time day job. I see many comic creators are offering ‘exclusive’ content or behind-the-scenes stuff both of which I find pretty vague. Byron’s idea of establishing a money goal to THEN offer more comics is an interesting approach.

    Also a quick aside – PEANUTS did have cultural references from time to time but you’re right that most of his comics are pretty timeless – seasons, school, baseball. I’ve reviewed the current collections for the day job and I recall for example, references to Bobby Riggs and Billy Jean King, remember them Byron?

    Keep up the great work!! I miss hearing from Robin too and I hope all’s well with her.

    • Yes, I do remember those comics now that you mention them, but obviously they were the minority compared to the rest of his work. I mean, he even did Snoopy on the moon when we first landed there back in 1969, so yes, even the big-guns do topical comics, they just find the right balance.

      Robin has been going through a series of colds and stuff that has kept her on the sidelines. She’ll be returning here soon!

      And, Mike Maihack is now scheduled for an appearance late in May for a podcast that will post in early June. If his schedule stays intact, we’ll have him on soon! Thanks for the suggestion.

  2. Dawn,

    One thing to avoid is “publishers” thinking, as if there is some monolithic concept of what “publishers” want. That doesn’t exist. WHO ARE YOU THINKING OF SUBMITTING TO? You need to hone in on one or a couple specific publishers, and figure out exactly what it is that THEY want. That’s a research project. I wouldn’t rework a damn thing until you’ve figured out who you’re going to send it to, researched their submission requirements to the letter, and looked at a dozen books that they’ve released in the past year or two, and figured out if it’s possible to package your book into something that that specific publisher sells.

  3. On the topic of timelessness vs. cultural references, I think Bill Watterson was a genius at creating culture within his own comic that was universally-themed enough that any generation could pick up on it. We all know about “Hamster Huey and the Gooey Kablooey” and that he read “Captain Napalm” comics. Stupendous Man, Spaceman Spiff, and Tracer Bullet were his own creations, but both grown-ups and kids could relate them to a culture they were familiar with. I hope that makes sense.

    • Charles Schulz once said in an interview, and I’m paraphrasing here, that the creation of elements like the “Great Pumpkin” or Charlie Brown kicking the football are priceless. Watterson had those types of elements as well and it’s what sets folks like Watterson and Schulz apart from all the rest of us comic creators.

      It’s one thing to have a created a set of characters and premise, but it’s all together another thing to have created elements like Spaceman Spiff or Snoopy pretending to be flying his doghouse as a WWI Sopwith Camel. THOSE are what set true comic artists from the rest of the pack.

      I doubt I’ll ever come up with even ONE element like that in my comics, but I keep trying. 🙂

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